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2017 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir 5 Litre

2017 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir 5 Litre
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SKU: 17B1B5

91 Points  (Wine Enthusiast)

Located in the heart of the Dundee Hills, this is a staple of the winery's vast lineup. Brambly berry fruit carries a subtle whiff of leather, and a touch of mocha runs through the finish. It stops just a little short, leaving a tangy kick.

 

AVA: Dundee Hills    

LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’      

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990      

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard, 1.7-acre block    

VINIFICATION: 2.5 and 1.75 ton open-top fermenters done wiht 60 and 50% whole cluster fermentations respectively.

PICKING DATE: 10/17/17    

TONS/ACRE: 1.85  

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke   

PRODUCTION: 244 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: What is there to say that has not been said over the previous 17 vintages of this wine? It is amazingly consistent. It has powerful and darker-than-normal Dundee Hills fruit with a brooding tannin structure that we have worked at accentuating by using a greater degree of whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 is about the same level as the wonderful and rich 2016 bottling. If this wine has been your go to over the years, it will be again this year. This is a wine club only offering.

What is there to say that has not been said over the previous 17 vintages of this wine? It is amazingly consistent. It has powerful and darker-than-normal Dundee Hills fruit with a brooding tannin structure that we have worked at accentuating by using a greater degree of whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 is about the same level as the wonderful and rich 2016 bottling. If this wine has been your go to over the years, it will be again this year. This is a wine club only offering.

Soils: Dundee Hills is known for its rich, red volcanic Jory soil, which was formed from ancient volcanic basalt and consists of silt, clay and loam soils. They typically reach a depth of 4 to 6 feet and provide excellent drainage for superior quality wine grapes.

Topography: The Dundee Hills viticulture region consists of a single, continuous landmass that rises above the surrounding Willamette Valley floors and is defined by the 200-foot contour line to the AVA's highest peak of 1,067 feet. The area comprises a north-south spine with ridges, as well as small valleys on its east, south and west sides. Dundee Hills is part of a North Willamette Valley hill chain that developed as a result of intense volcanic activity and the collision of the Pacific and North American plates. Dundee Hills is typically volcanic over sedimentary sandstone.

Site Characteristics: Balcombe Vineyard is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. at the southern end of the Dundee Hills. Adjacent vineyards would include White Rose, Domaine Drouhin, Daphne (Eyrie) and some Domaine Serene sites. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard clone. In 1997, while at Torii Mor, we began farming this vineyard and getting all the fruit from the 7.25 acres and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. The vineyard sits at about 600-700’ elevation a relatively gently, mostly west-sloping hillside with lots of exposure. The 1B block is the lowest section of the vineyard and has a unique, if very gentle and subtle, pitch to the southwest. The soil in this section of the vineyard is more shallow than in the rest of the site and the vines tend to have less vigor. Little differences in a vineyard can amount to big things in a wine and that is the case with this particular section of vineyard.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Dundee Hills
Vineyard Designation
Balcombe
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Block 1 B
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